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Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K is for everyone, whether you have never run before, or you want to back into being more active. In just 10 weeks it is an easy way to get fitter, happier and healthier. The sessions start with a mix of running and walking, which gradually builds up your fitness and stamina. You’ll also do activities that make running fun and help you get to know others in your group. Each session is about 45 minutes and includes warm up, and cool down activities.

Couch to 5K is open to anyone aged over 12 years, 12 to 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

The Move Team run Couch to 5k programmes at various times throughout the year.  Our next courses will be starting in September 2024.

To register your interest in future courses please contact enquiries-move@sport.durham.gov.uk or call 03000 262539.

Help to get moving

If you don’t know where to start we can also offer you a dedicated one to one support service which allows you to receive tailored advice on how to move more.

NHS Couch to 5K app

If you’re not quite ready to join us in person then why not try the Couch to 5K app. It’s a running programme for absolute beginners and has helped more than four million people to start running. The app has a choice of five trainers to motivate you, works with your music player, tracks your runs and connects you with other Couch to 5K runners. You can complete the course in as little as nine weeks or longer if you want to go at your own pace.

Before you start running

Check out our health commitment statement and, where appropriate, get medical advice before taking part in a running session.

Move activities membership

If you’d like to take part in a Move activity, like a Move fitness class or a Move running, walking or cycling session then apply today for a membership. It’s free and you can do it online. Once you have your membership number you can book activities online. You can collect your card from a leisure centre, a sign up session or an activity leader.

Beyond Move running

Run Together has been created by England Athletics, the national governing body for running and athletics, and provides fun, friendly, supportive and inclusive opportunities for everyone in England.  After Couch to 5k there are local community running groups you can join, click the link below to find out more.

There are also a number of affiliated athletics clubs across the County. Whether you are new to running, need encouragement to continue running or want to improve at running, a running club may help you.  Your local club can be found via Club Durham’s club finder below.

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